The Labors of Hercules: A Hercule Poirot Collection (Hercule Poirot Mysteries)

July 26, 2013 - Comment

The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. Like The Labors of Hercules, the twelve cases

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The Queen of Mystery has come to Harper Collins! Agatha Christie, the acknowledged mistress of suspense—creator of indomitable sleuth Miss Marple, meticulous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, and so many other unforgettable characters—brings her entire oeuvre of ingenious whodunits, locked room mysteries, and perplexing puzzles to Harper Paperbacks. Like The Labors of Hercules, the twelve cases Poirot must solve in this captivating collection of short crime fiction stories are dangerous, demanding, and positively ingenious.

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Gary F. Taylor "GFT" says:

Charming, Witty, and Extremely Entertaining Published in 1947, THE LABORS OF HERCULES finds Agatha Christie writing in a bright, slightly relaxed manner. The result is a mixture of mystery, adventure, and an unexpected literary conceit: she transforms the ancient Greek mythology of the twelve labors of Hercules into a modern mythology of the twelve labors of Hercules–Poirot, that is. And the resulting work is quite charming.The book will be best appreciated by those who have actually read a bit of Ancient Greek mythology…

Michele L. Worley says:

Destroying modern monsters If you’re interested in an unabridged audio version, the Raymond Massey recording is excellent, although it omits both the prologue and the last paragraph or so of the final adventure. In the prologue, Poirot plans, as an artistic finale to his career, to take 12 last cases – no more – in imitation of the Labours of Hercules, before retiring to grow vegetable marrows. (He even followed through – see _The Murder of Roger Ackroyd_ for Poirot in retirement.)

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